Messages

President's Perspective
Sept. 2, 2014
Today is the first day of an academic year full of promise, energy and opportunity. Welcome back to all of you who have been away for the past many months and working on the various scholarly activities that make this the great institution that it is.

Improving our Campus Climate
June 17, 2014
Western Michigan University is committed to creating and fostering a working and learning environment in which all members of our community can thrive.

President's Perspective
April 25, 2014
We're literally in the final day of the spring semester, and for more than 2,700 of our students, commencement is no longer a dream but a reality that is just hours away. I hope many of you will be able to join us at Miller Auditorium tomorrow to help celebrate our core mission—student success.

Respecting Differences
March 20, 2014
As stakeholders of Western Michigan University, we carry a collective responsibility for creating an environment in which every person can be respected, appreciated and have an opportunity to succeed.

Announcement regarding the Western Michigan University School of Medicine
March 11, 2014
Our new School of Medicine will be named for Dr. Homer Stryker, a 1916 WMU alumnus and the founder of Stryker Corporation.

Budget for next fiscal year
Feb. 6, 2014
Yesterday, Gov. Snyder released his budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. He proposed an overall increase to the higher education appropriation of 6.1 percent.

President's Perspective
Nov. 12, 2013
While it seems like just a few weeks ago since I wrote about the start of the fall semester, we are now hurtling toward the end of the semester.

State of the University
Oct. 4, 2013
This is the transcript from the annual academic convocation where we gather to review accomplishments and focus on the new academic year.

Campus Climate Survey results
Sept. 18, 2013
During the 2013 spring semester, after many months of planning and thoughtful development, members of our entire campus community had the opportunity to share their perceptions and experiences through a Campus Climate Survey for Diversity and Inclusion.

President's Perspective
Sept. 3, 2013
Welcome to the fall 2013 semester and what promises to be a banner year in the history of our University. 

WMU's birthplace will be preserved
May 16, 2013
The following viewpoint by WMU President John M. Dunn was published May 12 in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Goldsworth Valley building plans
April 16, 2013
In a message to the campus community April 16, WMU President John M. Dunn announces his decision on the fate of a new student dining hall proposed for Goldsworth Valley.

Feedback sought on possible partnership
April 2, 2013
As we move forward as a research university, we must remain alert for promising ideas that will allow us to further enhance our institutional profile and add even greater value to the degrees our students earn.

Respecting Differences 2013
March 6, 2013
As stakeholders of Western Michigan University, we carry a collective responsibility for creating an environment where every person can be respected, appreciated and have an opportunity to succeed.

A New Year, A New Semester
Jan. 8, 2013
Welcome to the start of the spring 2013 semester. I always find the beginning of each new year and new semester to be exciting and full of promise for the future.

Happy Thanksgiving
Nov. 20, 2012
Thank you for all that you do to make Western Michigan University one of the nation’s finest universities.

Veterans Day message
Nov. 7, 2012
This weekend marks our nation’s annual observance of Veterans Day—a time for honoring all who have served our country in the military and for recognizing their sacrifices.

WMU United Way Campaign
Oct. 29, 2012
With only a few weeks left in Western Michigan University’s 2012 United Way campaign, we are making excellent progress, but still are about 25 percent shy of our $300,000 goal.

State of the University
Sept. 21, 2012
This year, I deliver that assessment at a time of incredible energy and accomplishment. It is also a time when we have coalesced around a strategic plan and settled on language that describes the essence of this University.

WMU Campus Climate Study
Sept. 20, 2012
In the coming days, you will have the opportunity to share your views in a way that will help advance one of our University’s strategic goals.

President’s Perspective
Sept. 4, 2012
Welcome to the fall 2012 semester and the start of what will be another exciting year full of accomplishments!

Thank you for your support during the HLC visit
March 21, 2012
The team from the Higher Learning Commission has just completed its long-scheduled focused visit. I want to thank you for giving team members a warm welcome and for speaking with evident pride about our University community and our commitment to strategic planning.

President’s Perspective
March 2, 2012
It’s hard to believe it’s already time for spring recess. The first half of the spring semester has been incredibly busy and a time of significant progress on a number of important issues and initiatives.

We have many exciting opportunities this semester
Jan. 9, 2012
Welcome back to what will be a packed and high-energy semester. We’re off and running this week. As I look ahead, I am excited about the number of opportunities we’ll have to come together as a campus to focus on important issues and strategic campus initiatives.

Reporting illegal and unethical activities
Dec. 8, 2011
This has been a fall rife with scandal and underlying tragedy for individuals connected with two of our sister institutions—Penn State and Syracuse. I write to share my views and opinions about the shortcomings illustrated in those situations.